continued discussion of origin myths from different culture groups around the world. Comment on aspects of the myth that seemed significant to you. According to myths we have studies, what is the nature of god(s)? Relationship between god(s) and humans? Relationship of humans to other elements of natural world? How do these myths contribute to various cultures & worldviews? (You could answer by comparing different myths, or you could start a discussion thread for a specific myth that interested you. Post your own analysis or repond to the ideas that others have offered. Think about the theoretical frameworks that inform your analysis.)
The myths that narrate how the world has been created vary from one religion to other. For example the Jewish creation story, called Genesis, explains how God created the world. First, God created the heaven and earth, then God created the light and darkness, called "day" and "night", then God created the waters, then plants and living creatures and, finally, God created the man and he called him Adam. Then God created Adam's woman partner, called Eve, using one of Adam's ribs. Genesis tells that God made all these in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested. The Genesis story tells that God put Adam and Eve in Paradise, until they ate the forbidden fruit from the knowledge tree and they were expelled from Paradise.
The Genesis story can be compared to the Maya creation myth. If Genesis explains that one God created the world, the Maya creation myth tells about four gods that together created the world. If Genesis tells about man and woman's creation, the Maya creation myth does not tell anything about woman's creation. Genesis tells that God created man from dust, while the Maya creation myth tells that the four gods made the human from flesh.
Unlike the Genesis story, that believes in the existence of one God that created one world, the Hindu creation story speaks about the Brahma creator that made more than one world and one universe. The living creatures are parts of Brahma's body and everything in this world will be completely destroyed by the Lord Shiva.
The Chinese creation stories sustain the existence of the natural forces called yin and yang. These forces are the creators of gods and life. Keeping these forces balanced represents the fundamental philosophy of existence of life.